These two activities are wonderful problem solvers. Keypunch deals with effective group process. Blind Line Up will challenge their communication skills. 30 numbered discs, directions, 15-foot boundary rope and mesh envelope included.
Ideas for Blind Line Up
Props: 30 Numbered Rubber Discs
Rules: Each participant is asked to take a numbered rubber disc, look at the number and put it in their pocket. Ask them not to share their number with anyone else in the group. Distribute blind folds to those participants who have trouble keeping their eyes closed. The objective is for the participants to line up in order from lowest number to the highest number while blindfolded, and without talking. They may not strategize before beginning.
Ideas for Keypunch:
Rules: Arrange all 30 numbers in a jumbled arrangement. Establish a starting line and a finish line a pre-determined distance away from the numbers.. Instruct the group that this is a timed event. The first attempt will be their base line time. The group must touch all 30 numbers in sequential order from 1-30 as fast as they can. The stopwatch starts as soon as the first person steps over the line and stops when the last person crosses back over the line. Any body part may be used to touch the numbered spots.
Variations: If you put a rope around the numbers you could establish a rule to where only one person can be in the circle at a time to touch the numbers.
Testimonial from a client: "I work at a residential facility for kids in foster care. This allows me to work with the students in an activity-based therapeutic approach as well as the staff for periodic team buildings. One activity that I love using for both of these groups is the Key Punch activity. For the students, this is an activity that allows the students to work together without any physical contact, which is a must with this population. It allows for competition, but as an entire group rather than against each other, and it is a great activity for talking about creating goals. With staff, this is an activity that creates an opportunity for really positive team work, which is what is ideal for these teams on a daily basis. It is fun and creates a positive atmosphere for the team buildings where the goal is to show their capacity to work well with one another. ~Shana Tundevold" (Thanks Shana! Keep up the great work!)